While one billboard has been vandalized to tarnish the name of Chris Kyle, another stands to honor him and his heroism.
As reported by People.com, an unknown assailant defiled a Los Angeles billboard for the record shattering film American Sniper by spray-painting “MURDER!” across the ad. It may even be pointless to file a crime report since finding the culprit was deemed nearly impossible.
According to LAPD Sgt. A. Bone, “If it’s just the word ‘murder’ there’s practically no way to track it down.”
This is not the first time the movie has received harsh criticism. Michael Moore and Seth Rogen have both voiced their opinions on the film, Moore calling snipers “cowards” and Rogen comparing the movie to a fake Nazi propaganda film. Despite this negativity, there stands a monument to the true hero Chris Kyle was in his home state of Texas.
According to WoundedAmericanWarrior.com, on State Highway 75 near Dallas there is a large electronic display that reads: “Chris Kyle, U.S.N. (1974-2013) Thank you for your service. You made me proud. I will never forget you. – Texas.”
The NAVY SEAL was the country’s most lethal sniper and his time overseas was detailed in his book “American Sniper,” as well as the film of the same name starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood. Kyle was murdered in 2013, but his heroics will not be forgotten.
The film far exceeded expectations bringing in more than $90 million during its nationwide opening. As reported by ABCNews.go.com, senior analyst for Rentrak, Paul Dergarabedian, said in regards to the film’s success, “This is staggering. It’s blockbuster numbers in January, the sort of numbers usually reserved for summer films and superhero movies,” he continued to say, “No one saw this coming. The film has been building an audience and blasting any projections all weekend.”
“American Sniper” now has the title for biggest opening weekend, previously held by “Avatar” in 2010. It has also surpassed the 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ,” as the top-grossing winter film. It has also been nominated for six Academy Awards including; Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Most importantly, it seems like those who went to see the movie really enjoyed it.
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I could see American sniper a few more times
— Kaleigh Pierce (@KaleighPierce) January 20, 2015
American Sniper was so good
— Kylie Thomas (@kylienicoleee) January 20, 2015
— Hannah Richardson (@Hannahhhjo) January 20, 2015
Go see the movie: American Sniper! It’s terrific but emotional
— MaryEllen Rendine (@Eccentrie) January 20, 2015
American sniper was an amazing movie, makes you truly appreciate our men & women who fight for us #GodBlessChrisKyle
— lex (@lexxx_mayy) January 20, 2015